A Heart of Praise

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The Psalms are filled with prayers of praise and thanksgiving! They are so emotional as you read the countless cries from a heart that is full of thanksgiving and gratefulness for how God has made himself known but also just for his GREATNESS. They praise him for endless reasons but mostly for giving them breathe and life to praise Him.

Psalm 69:30 - I will praise the name of God with a song, I will magnify him with thanksgiving (ESV).

Psalm 146:1-2 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live, I will sing praise to my God while I have being (ESV).

Psalm 147:1 - Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and a song of praise is fitting (ESV).

Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving, make melody to our God with a lyre (ESV).

In this season of Thanksgiving, we see endless decor that has the words "give thanks" or "be thankful" but do we really stop and think about what these words mean?

This month, I will be talking a lot about thanksgiving- specifically as an act of praise or gratefulness. I want to take a deeper look at the true meaning of thanksgiving and why we should be grateful and talking about thankfulness all year round--- not just in honor of a holiday. I want you to hear from other moms on this topic. You will read about their struggles and how they find ways to give thanks in the mundane moments and in the hard moments we face in life.

For me, this month is a month of reflection- an outpouring of gratefulness and love. One where I want you to see my heart and my arms extended outward in an act of praise towards my Father. He really is such a good Father, His faithfulness knows no end. No matter what pain you are enduring, no matter what season of life you're facing, even if you are walking in the fear of the unknown, He knows your heart and your needs. For this reason alone I'm grateful!

Three years ago this month, actually the week before Thanksgiving, is when Toby first started chemo and was officially diagnosed with a rare tumor disorder. I am not going to lie, I was terrified. I was freaking out on the inside but trying to be strong on the outside for him and those around me. I don't remember a lot but I know I walked confused, scared, and unsure of what the next week or day would bring. I cried a lot but mostly when I was by myself, as I didn't want anyone to see my pain, my sadness, or my fear. I remember distinctly that instead of running away from God, I ran towards Him. Why? Because He is the only one who knows my heart. He was the only one who I expressed my anger and my fear towards. The one I cried out to, who gave me comfort amid grief and fear, who gave my heart peace that I still to this day can't explain. My Father wrapped His big strong arms around me and let me cry time and time again in his arms.

This is why I write and this is why I'm so passionate about Him. As the three year mark approaches since my whole earth felt like it crashed, I want to stop and think about how far God has brought us. I want to sing from the rooftops with praise and gratitude as Toby is tumor free and has been finished with chemo since 2014.

I want us to see examples from other mother's --- of how they incorporate a thankful heart in every stage of life and how they teach those around them and their children to live this way.  
So as this month moves forward, come join me in learning about thankfulness!

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